Payne Calls On Congress to Extend Unemployment Insurance to the 3 Million Americans In Dire Need

Jun 20, 2014 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Local Issues

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today because I think it is absolutely unconscionable that after more than six months, House Republicans continue to fail to act to extend unemployment benefits.  There are more than three million Americans who have lost their jobs and their benefits through no fault of their own – who are just waiting for Congress to do something for them.

"I’ve heard from many of my constituents about their struggles because Congress has failed to act.

"Lily of Linden, New Jersey has been out of work for two years.

"She and her husband have dipped into their entire savings just to get by. Because of her age and her illness, she has found it increasingly harder to find gainful employment. It has come to the sad point, Mr. Speaker, that Lily can no longer afford her medicine and her family may soon be homeless.

"By failing to act, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have coldly turned their backs on millions of Americans and people like Lily.

"Turning our backs on the people who elected us is simply unacceptable. And I will not stay silent.

"I urge my colleagues to join me in demanding a vote for this critical lifeline to extend emergency unemployment insurance today. 

"Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time."